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When to mow new turf

So I laid the turf all by myself done all the ground prep etc and turf has been down 13 days and we have had no rain at all so have watered it sometimes 3 times a day and have checked today and apart from one little corner.....found one leatherjacket so got rid and treated lawn and that one corner is now growing roots well when is it time to mow the grass is growing well and really green with only little bits of yellow along a couple of joints? Feel so nervous about it lol.....have mower set to highest cut but just worried as I am a complete novice.......


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,918

    I wouldn't be watering three times a day. Water thoroughly - ie for an hour - then leave it for several days before doing again, and according to your own conditions.

    It won't need cutting unless it's several inches high.  image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • I am only watering now once a day its been hot and windy here......and grass was drying quickly grass is now about 50cm long......x 

  • I would give it a while yet. Can the turf take the weight of being stood on yet without feet sinking into it?

    You're right about setting mower to highest height. It will need mowing a couple of times a week and gradually reduce the height of the blades after a couple of mows.

  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,450

    Where are you that new grass has grown 50 cm (20 inches) in 13 days??

  • Oops hahaha total typo meant to be 10cm yes grass can take my weight without long do I let it get before I cut? We are havingvsuch freaky weather in Edinburgh no rain has fallen since I laid it but it has not shrunk or dried out at all........

  • As it can support weight and isn't springy underfoot, you've done a great job of laying the turf!!!  image

    Would personally give it a few more days before mowing. It may be growing quick on the surface but the hidden root development is the most important factor for survival and a healthy green sward. Grass can "bolt" upright in certain circumstances at the expense of the roots.

  • Fantastic thanks for all the advice its so hard when you are a complete beginner......I watched so many you tube vids on how to prep the ground and lay the turf I done it all by the fact the grass is attached to the ground and is lovely and green and not shrunk I feel quite proud I did not want to mess up with the mowing :) x just wish it would rain lol x 

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